We were blessed to have five participants in a special two-week Summer Spanish language program, participants included 3 priests from the Archdiocese of St. Louis MO., Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, TN, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York City! It was a joy to be able to celebrate Mass with them everyday and share in our MACC hospitality. Their reports about our programs were glowing and they all mentioned wanting to return for more! Visit our photo gallery on our website for more pictures!
I was very impressed with the Intensive Pastoral Spanish course. The class was individualized and provided encouragement throughout. The teachers are highly qualified and blend language with culture. The atmosphere at MACC is very serene and faith filled. I encourage anyone in ministry to utilize the retreat like atmosphere of MACC to gain skills in language and ministry to the Hispanic Community.
Richard Hanneke, Vicar for Priests, Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO
If your experience is as helpful and enjoyable as mine was, you will not regret it. I went only for two weeks, hoping at least to leave with a comfort in celebrating mass in Spanish, praying, and able to complete a simple homily. All goals were accomplished! And in a climate of hospitality, faith and friendship.
Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, NY
I found MACC an ideal environment for studying Pastoral Spanish. I was nervous about coming since it had been over 35 years since I had studied Spanish in college. Those fears quickly dissipated in light of the friendliness of the staff—a helping attitude which continued all through my stay. The teachers blew me away with their expertise in pedagogy, their endless patience, their willingness to go the extra mile, their relating my learning to my ministry, and their ability to instill a sense of confidence in learning. It was actually fun to be back in school again. MACC is a profoundly Catholic school, and that faith is lived and shared among everyone on campus whether in daily Mass, the holy hours, or conversation in and outside the classroom. The intentional connection between learning Spanish and pastoral ministry was an important focus for the weeks at MACC. I began my studies at the basic level and have committed to retuning in the future in order to build on this foundation. MACC’s packaging the courses in segments of three weeks makes such a return a realistic option. I highly recommend MACC.
Rev. James Swift, C.M., Provincial Superior, Congregation of the Mission